The Oasis Reporters
April 17, 2019
The attempt by former Ekiti State governor, Segun Oni to play the revenge card and have current governor John Kayode Fayemi removed from office as the governor once did to him and succeeded in 2011, has suffered an irreversible loss.
The Supreme Court has upheld the governorship election of John Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti State in a unanimous judgment by a five-man panel, on Wednesday. The apex court held that the appeal by Segun Oni, was statute barred.
In the lead judgement, Justice Amiru Sanusi, held that the case, being a pre-election one, was not commenced at the trial court, within the required time, as stipulated under the Forth Alteration Act.
Segun Oni, an ex-Governor of Ekiti State had previously appealed the judgment of the Court of Appeal, which upheld the decision of a Federal High Court, to the effect that his (Oni’s) challenge of Fayemi’s eligibility to contest the last governorship election in the state, was without merit.
Sweet victory, indeed for Governor Fayemi. But he may not be in a hurry to dismiss his prayer warriors. This is so because he has another river to cross. And that is the challenge from the People’s Democratic Party, PDP gubernatorial candidate, Prof. Olusola Eleka.